On Tuesday night, the Jonas Brothers took the stage at the Pepsi Center for their Happiness Begins Tour with the support of Jordan McGraw and Bebe Rexha. The trio have not performed here since 2009, and little did we know at that point that they would break up a few years later and pursue their own individual paths.
Leading up to their reunited set, the Pepsi Center turned into a dance club, courtesy of Kevin Jonas’ DJ brother-in-law, Mickey Deleasa, who provided the warm-up for the main attraction. Looking around the audience, people were singing at the top of their lungs and dancing shamelessly to some of today’s hits like Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts,” as well as some jams from the 90s and early 2000s.
The audience was composed of a huge female fan base of all ages: those who were captivated by the Jo Bros early on in their career, and those who have just began listening to their newest music. Many of the Jonas Brothers’ concert-goers are die-hard fans, and told me they traveled from other states for the show. One fan even remarked, “There were a few times I felt tears in my eyes” during the set, so it’s clear that this reunion is exactly what fans wanted. One thing was clear: These brothers have made a resurgence and a successful one at that. They came back as if they never missed a beat, and with a loyal base to follow.
Still, it would have been remiss of the JBs to not play songs from their youth, as these tracks were the foundation for their careers. Hearing the songs a lot of us loved in their early years like “Mandy,” “Paranoid,” “Fly With Me,”“Play My Music,” “Hold On,” “Gotta Find You,” “Year 3000,” “SOS,” “When You Look Me In the Eyes,” “Lovebug,” “Tonight,” and “Burnin’ Up” was very nostalgic. This was the music some of us loved as kids, so it was a treat to see a band who is still just as fresh as the day they started. Many of us loved them when we were in our early teens, and now we can enjoy them in our adulthood as well. As they said from the stage while taking a shot, “When we first started, we were not able to drive, now we can drink with our fans!” Though it was unexpected, most of us agreed, “Let’s toast!” for this was a celebration in all respects.
Compared to their early days, the Jonas Brothers now have vision, a specific sound, and songs enriched with infectious rhythms and evolving messages. Their show was a true production, from the storytelling visual clips evidencing their growth from boys to men, to their use of the color spectrum across the entirety of the stage. They had various outfit changes, but their most notable ones where brightly colored suits. There were fireworks, inflatable characters during “Cake By the Ocean,” and a fire display during “Burnin’ Up” that legitimately warmed the room. They introduced each track with a different, short metaphorical video ensemble to integrate their past with their future, them meeting their younger selves and taking their current ones on a journey. They targeted what their audience wanted by including an impromptu fan choice song into the mix, which for Denver was “Can’t Have You.” The highlight of the entire night was the “Jealous/Cake By the Ocean” medley. The tracks are from Joe and Nick’s solo careers, but when linked together, the group was able to explore new avenues to incorporate into their music.
It would not have been the Happiness Begins Tour if we didn’t get any tracks from the new Happiness Begins album, which shows a differentiated sound from their earlier material, with the assistance of a strong production team. It is fun, the beats are hum-worthy and have you clapping along. Their latest is a perfect combination of Nick and Joe’s individual sounds during their solo careers. We heard “Rollercoaster,” “Cool,” “Only Human,” “I Believe,” “Hesitate,” “Used to Be,” “Strangers,” and “Comeback.”
Whether it was singing “Lovebug” 10 years later or hearing them close their set with “Sucker,” it was a blast to experience the nostalgia of the Jonas Brothers. If you have not stopped to listen to their new album, Happiness Begins, listen here. Their tour continues and we are looking forward to more music from the brothers.
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